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Newscast Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan and the Escanaba City Council reached an agreement for Jordan to stay with the city. Jordan was leaving to take a job in Florida. Councilman Ralph Blasier says they have been negotiating with Jordan for him to stay. They reached an agreement an hour before last night's meeting.

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Newscast Monday, Nov. 11, 2019

The city of Escanaba is taking applications for city manager until Friday. Current City Manager Patrick Jordan says they have received more than 30 applications so far. Jordan's last day is Dec. 1. He is taking a new job in Florida. The council last week choose Escanaba Public Safety Director Rob LaMarche to serve as interim city manager. Jordan says LaMarche will spend part of his day at city hall until a new manager is hired.




Newscast Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

Delta County District Court Administrator Emily DeSalvo was offered the county's administrator position last night after Delta County and Caro, Michigan, City Manger Michael Silverman were unable to agree to a contract. Instead of starting the search over for a new administrator, county chair Pat Johnson says he was willing to offer the position to DeSalvo, who was the board's second choice. 


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Newscast, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

Legislation creating a Natural Resources Commission for the Upper Peninsula is expected to be introduced in the state Legislature. It is in response to the statewide NRC vote to ban baiting and feeding of deer in the core chronic wasting disease area in parts of Dickinson, Menominee and Delta Counties. State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain says it has the support of the all the U.P. legislators.


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Newscast Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019

A millage request for Bay College was soundly defeated yesterday, Yes 1,874 to No 5,332.  The college was asking for .8924 mills for 20 years to restore revenue lost to the Headlee amendment and pay for renovations and upgrades at the college. Board of Trustee Chair Tom Butch called the outcome deliberate.


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Newscast Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

Voters are going to the polls today to decide city elections and millage requests including Bay College.  In the city of Escanaba, incumbants Ron Beauchamp and Mike Sattem are being challenged by Karen Moore and Tyler DuBord.  In Gladstone, Dave Phalen and Brad Mantela are challenged by former Gladstone City Commissioners Steven Viau and Mike O'Connor.


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Newscast Monday, Nov. 4, 2019

The chair of the Bay College Board of Trustees says the millage request on the ballot tomorrow is needed to move the college forward for the next 20 years. Tom Butch says there is a list of renovations needed to keep the facility operating.


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Newscast Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

The Bonifas Arts Center listed the impact its has on the community at its annual meeting, including eight major gallery exhibits, 487 members and 2,413 volunteer hours. Executive Director Sue Roll says the Waterfront Art Festival alone had a $71,500 economic impact in the community.


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Newscast Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019

Delta County is faced with making more than $300-thousand in budget cuts if the state does not reinstate items that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed more than a month ago. Among the items vetoed were PILT funds or payment in lieu of taxes to municipalities with state property. Delta County Chairman Patrick Johnson says the state right now is not being a good neighbor.


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Newscast Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019

Delta County Commissioners have offered the couty's administrator position to downstate Caro City Manager Michael Silverman. Delta County Chair Pat Johnson says Silverman impressed all of the commissioners.


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Newscast Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019

The Escanaba Downtown Development Authority approved a new lease with the city for the center court building on Ludington and 11th Streets. The property was donated to the city by Standard Oil in 1970. DDA Director Ed Legault says the building sat underutilized until the DDA took it over. 


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Newscast Monday, Oct. 28, 2019

The facade proposals for three downtown buildings in Escanaba have been approved by the state. Escanaba Downtown Development Authority Director Ed Legault says the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has sent a commitment letter and the process has begun to start the projects yet this year.


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Newscast Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

Clean up of hazardous materials at several properties on Little Bay de Noc in the Bay View Location in Wells Township is expected to begin yet this fall. Delta Conservation District Director Rory Mattson says they are finishing up negotiations with a company to begin the clean up. The biggest problem at the site, Mattson says, is asbestos.


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Newscast Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019

Menominee County has declared a state of emergency due to flooding this week along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Twenty-two homes and buildings north of Menominee flooded Monday and Tuesday as wind and waves drove water inland. Paul Geyer, Delta and Schoolcraft County Emergency Management coordinator, says damage reported in Delta County has not been as significant as Menominee County to warrant a disaster declaration.


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Newscast Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019

Waves and wind has caused flooding along the shores of Delta and Menominee Counties. The most damage was reported in Menominee Township just north of Menominee. 22 homes and buildings were surrounded by water pushed on land from the bay.


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Newscast Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019

State Sen. Ed McBroom says there is no easy solution to solve the governor's vetoes and fund programs he says are critical to rural areas of the Upper Peninsula. He is targeting four areas of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's nearly $1 billion in vetoes.


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Newscast Monday, Oct. 21, 2019

State Rep. Greg Markkanen of Houghton says an 80-cent per gallon gasoline tax that the director of the Michigan Department of Transportation says is needed to repair state roads would not be popular with residents in the Upper Peninsula.


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